Wendy Williams recently informed fans of her latest diagnosis, and now she’s offering a sneak peek into the treatment routine that involves a compression machine and requires 45 minutes of her day.
The talk show host returned from a short break last week with news that she had been diagnosed with lymphedema, a condition that causes swelling in the arms and feet.
“By the way, I’ve been diagnosed,” Wendy said while discussing her swollen ankles in recent paparazzi photos. “It’s not going to kill me, but I do have a machine — and how dare you talk about the swelling of it all. It’s Lymphedema.”
“I’ve got it under control. If [the swelling] in my feet never goes all the way down, at least I have this machine. I sit for 45 minutes a day, and believe me, it’s the best party entertainer ever. Everybody [that] comes over wants to do it.”
Showing fans precisely what it looks like, Wendy took to Instagram yesterday with a photo that shows her lounging on a couch in a yellow robe. Gazing out the window with her face obscured by blonde hair, Wendy also holds on to a health drink.
Beside her is a large Flexitouch device with tubes used to stimulate the lymphatic system while grey thigh-high compression wraps are attached to the TV diva’s legs.
Per Daily Mail, Wendy’s Flexitouch machine has inflatable attachments with multiple chambers that stimulate the flow of lymph in the right direction.
“Just Wendy with lymphedema machine. 45min every day,” she captioned the post.
Screenshot of Wendy Williams sitting for her 45-minute daily lymphedema treatment. |Photo: Instagram/Wendy Williams
According to WebMD, Lymphedema is a swelling that is caused by a collection of too much lymph fluid. The swelling mostly occurs in the arms and legs but can happen in other parts of the body as well, sometimes causing pain and impairing movement in the affected areas.
Accumulation of lymph fluid, according to the medical site, can occur if one’s lymph nodes are damaged or blocked. As of now, Lymphedema has no cure but can be managed.
Wendy’s many health struggles have been made public for about two years now. The 54-year-old, who also has Graves’ disease and hyperthyroidism issues, first had fans scared in 2017 when she fainted during a live taping of her show.
Earlier this year, Wendy also took an over-two-month hiatus to receive treatment for Graves’ disease and a shoulder fracture she sustained towards the end of 2018. In March, she tearfully revealed that she had been living at a sober house to deal with addiction.
The Emmy-nominated host, who recently filed for divorce from her husband following infidelity allegations, has however been taking everything in stride. Wendy continues to maintain a cheerful disposition as she hosts her popular daytime show.
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